MANILA, Philippines — President Benigno Aquino III on Monday urged firemen and policemen to serve the country proudly as the government is also there to provide for their needs.
In his speech during the turnover ceremony of fire trucks and patrol jeeps at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, the President said that inter-agency coordination under the Daang Matuwid (Straight Path) theme had enabled the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to strengthen their ranks with the help of new equipment.
During the ceremony, some 135 Rosenbauer fire trucks, which he said were the Mercedez Benz of fire trucks, and 144 patrol jeeps were given to various cities and municipalities from all over the country.
President Aquino said 369 more fire trucks were targeted to be acquired this year.
Since July 2010, the government has purchased about 561 fire trucks for Php 4.25 billion and this ensured that all cities around the country have at least one firetruck while about 1,194 municipalities have new fire trucks, he said.
The President also noted that from 2011 to end-December 2015, BFP personnel have been given protective equipment like self-contained breathing apparatus, coats and trousers, helmets, gloves and boots worth about Php 208.38 million.
For PNP, it has received about 1,490 patrol jeeps from May 2015 to date and these have been distributed nationwide.
These are on top of the 74,879 units of Glock 17 9mm pistol, 247 4×4 personnel carrier, 69 light transport vehicles, 1,095 motorcycles, and 12,949 handheld radios distributed under the current administration.
The President said the police’s anti-crime capacity also got a boost from the modern Integrated Ballistics Identification System given to it along with the Automated Fingerprint Identification System and the Closed-Circuit Television Project.
He said all these programs and projects were targeted to further strengthen the public servants.
“Sa mga karagdagang sasakyang tangan ninyo, inaasahang higit pa ninyong magagampanan ang mandatong pangalagaan ang kapakanan at kaligtasan ng sambayanan,” he said.
The President pointed out that in the more than five years of the Aquino administration it was able to instill among the uniformed personnel a culture of being proud whenever they were in their uniforms.
“…dahil mulat kayong kabilang kayo sa isang lipunang handa ring pangalagaan ang inyong kapakanan,” he said.
“Narito na nga tayo sa panahon kung saan taas-noo ninyong masasabi sa sambayanan: “Bumbero ako; pulis ako; naglilingkod ako sa kapwa Pilipino,” he added. PNA / northboundasia.com